Golden Gophers vs. Spartans Prediction
The Michigan State Spartans have hit the skids lately and are in the strange position of being desperate for a win. Will ninth-ranked MSU get that victory and cover the spread on its home court versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers?
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Breslin Center at 2PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Spartans are a 12.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 144 points. As of Saturday morning, 56 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Minnesota. Check out our College Basketball Betting Page for the latest info.
Golden Gophers struggle against Badgers
Minnesota suffered a 56-51 home loss Wednesday versus Wisconsin to fall to 16-7 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers trailed 24-21 at halftime and could not get over the hump in the second half. Minnesota shot 20-of-57 from the floor, 1-of-13 from 3-point range and 10-of-13 at the free throw line. Jordan Murphy paced Minnesota with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting plus 4-of-5 at the free throw line. He also ripped down 19 rebounds and dished out two assists. Daniel Oturu added 12 points, 11 boards and three blocked shots off the bench.
Spartans drop third straight
Michigan State lost its third straight game Monday night with a 79-74 defeat at Illinois. The Spartans trailed 41-32 at halftime and were unable to rally back after the break. Cassius Winston paced MSU with 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 8-of-9 at the charity stripe. He also recorded nine assists and two rebounds. Xavier Tillman accounted for 16 points and eight boards. Kyle Ahrens tallied 11 points plus seven boards and three assists. Nick Ward added 11 points off the bench. Michigan State shot 22-of-43 from the field, 7-of-19 from 3-point range and 23-of-25 from the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Golden Gophers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games. Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last five Big Ten games.
The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games. Michigan State is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 Big Ten games.
Michigan State hasn't looked normal the last three games and didn't have the excuse of being awful at the free throw line last game like it was against Indiana. But two of the last three defeats have been on the road, while the Spartans basically gave away the contest against the Hoosiers at home. Look for MSU to play a complete game today to get back on track and cover this spread against an overmatched Golden Gophers squad.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS -12.5